Streaking is caused by not having enough solution on the screen to pick up the dirt that is on the screen. In this case the lack of enough solution is creating a paste or mud, and the cloth is spreading this paste leaving streaks. So the proper amount of solution is important and will vary depending on the amount of surface dirt.
The most recommended method of cleaning your screen is to spray the solution onto the cloth, first making the cloth quite damp, then wiping the screen with the damp cloth. This eliminates the possibility of damaging the screen from solution running down the screen and into the frame area. Pros: it is safer method. Cons: you use more solution and less solution actually goes to work on the screen as it is absorbed into the cloth.
Remember a clean screen in much more enjoyable to view than a dirty one! Photodon offers a variety of screen cleaners and microfiber cloths. We have put together some very useful screen cleaning kits for an even better value.
Listed are a few factors that can affect the way you clean your screen :
- Size of the screen
- Humidity of the room
- Temperature of the screen surface
On a small display you can reasonably clean the whole screen at one time. On a large screen you may want to clean half or a third of the screen at a time.
The lower the humidity of the room the higher the static electricity that will be present. This will in part cause more dust/debris to collect on your screen surface.
Trying to clean the whole surface of a flat panel screen that is still warm will result in streaking and the likelihood that you will damage the screen coatings.
Next week will discuss the best techniques in using liquid cleaning solutions.
The most common type of screen cleaning is large and small dust particles attracted to the surface of the screen.
- Use a soft brush or cloth to gently brush away any larger dirt particles or use canned air to blow them away.
- A second type of screen situation is visible smoke and pollutants that have over time caused a hazy or yellowish look.
- A third type would be the most severe as you have a combination of the above, plus fly droppings (little round dots), mucous from a sneeze or other unknown substances on the surface of the screen.
Next week will we discuss factors that would affect how you clean your screen.
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It is almost impossible to get every screen manufacturer to agree on a cleaning method. Here we offer guidelines to help you avoid the greatest mistakes and hopefully allow you to clean your screen without fear of ruining its appearance or function.